UC-Berkeley, no different from other elite schools across the country, has reported record-high application numbers and a record-low acceptance rate. Of the 48,418 high school seniors who applied, 21.5 percent were accepted—10,388 students.
Across the University of California system, another trend is perhaps equally notable: The number of admitted minorities has increased —a relief to officials at schools like UCLA, where dwindling numbers of underrepresented minorities have had admissions administrators scrambling. This year, underrepresented minorities made up 25.1 percent of the admitted class. Last year, the figure was 22.9 percent.